Two people sentenced in 2017 intoxication death of Clifton Park man

August 08, 2019 07:26 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Liam McGlinchey loved to read and play chess. His family described him as a teddy bear who'd light up a room with his laugh.

However, McGlinchey's life ended on his grandmother's front lawn on August 25, 2017.


He was highly intoxicated, unable to walk or talk, when he was left there by Samuel Heroux and Isaiah DePiazza.

Both men knew he was in trouble but didn't let know anyone know, including his grandmother who was inside and just a few steps away.

Both were sentenced Thursday for criminally negligent homicide.

"It's the failure to act. The failure to care about anyone but yourself," Judge Jim Murphy scolded Heroux.

Before the men were sentenced, McGlinchey's mother and sister shared their grief and anger with the court.

Helen Savastio held up a picture of her son. "This is my son. And I want you to remember him for the rest of your life. That's Liam. The person you left under a tree to die."

Charlotte McGlinchey praised her brother for his kindness to everyone, including strangers, while chastising the men for their failure to get him help. "There was more to this incident than purely walking away. Your actions were vile, despicable, thoughtless and heartless."

It was revealed in court Thursday that Heroux and DePiazza urinated on McGlinchey while he lie in distress and recorded it for social media.

"How bad is that?" asked Savastio.  "I mean you see somebody dying and you're going to urinate on them. I just think they're vile, despicable people. I really do."

Both men offered brief apologies.

DePiazza said, "Nobody ever wanted to get to this. Made stupid decisions that night that I shouldn't have and I wish I could take it back."

Heroux saying, "I'd like to take accountability for the actions I did in this case and apologize to the family for the loss of Liam for my negligence."

But it's the judge who got the last word. Sending DePiazza to prison for 1 to 3 years and Heroux to jail for 6 months followed by 5 years post-release supervision.

DePiazza was not supposed to go to prison, but that changed when the judge learned he failed to report to probation, which was a condition of his plea agreement.


Mark Mulholland

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